The Maricopa Integrated Health System has been recognized as a QUITZone for going smoke-free.  Our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease and the UA Healthcare Partnership honored them this week for their efforts to “walk-the-talk” in promoting healthy lifestyles and combating the health and cost burdens of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

To help achieve a tobacco-free workplace they created positive signage, tools and training for all staff to use when helping others quit tobacco, and direct links to the Arizona Smokers’ HelpLine (ASHLine).  While employees, volunteers, patients, and visitors are not required to quit tobacco use, they’re not allowed to use tobacco products while on campus.  When they decide to quit (70% of tobacco users want to quit), they’re provided with resources known to succeed.  Congratulations to our friends at MIHS!